"Headaches are a common complaint in pregnancy," says Diane Christopher, M.D., an ob-gyn in Boulder, CO. Stress and dehydration are common triggers. Headaches can haunt you during your first trimester because of a surge in hormones and an increase in blood flow throughout your body, explains Giuseppe Ramunno, M.D., an ob-gyn at East Valley Women's Medical Group in Mesa, AZ. During your third trimester, headaches tend to be related to poor posture and tension from carrying extra weight. In rare cases, headaches can signal a serious underlying medical condition. Consult our guide to learn all the causes of headaches during pregnancy, ways to prevent them, and when to call the doctor.
Many of the things that can cause a headache when you're not pregnant can cause one when you're expecting. Common, benign culprits include:
Occasionally, a headache can be a sign of a more serious medical problem, including:
Treatment for Mild Headaches
Drink a tall glass of water and rest, Dr. Christopher recommends. If your headache persists, is severe, or is accompanied by any of the symptoms listed in the next section, call your doctor.
When to Call the Doctor
Call you doctor right away if you get a headache along with any of these symptoms:
Help keep headaches away with these expert tips:
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